Philadelphia, PA Car Insurance
How much does car insurance cost in Philadelphia?
Auto insurance in Philadelphia costs $1,658 for a six-month policy or $276 per month — almost twice as much as the Pennsylvania state average and the most expensive city in the state for car insurance. Our data show that Travelers is the cheapest car insurance company in Philadelphia, costing about $142 per month or $850 every six months.
Philly drivers also pay more than twice the national average. In fact, 39% of our customers in Philadelphia admit they're paying too much for their car insurance. If you agree or just need help with your car insurance, read on to learn more about what a fair rate looks like in Philly based on common factors like age, coverage level and more.
|Car Insurance in Philadelphia vs. Pennsylvania||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium|
The cheapest car insurance companies in Philadelphia
Travelers is the cheapest at $142 per month or $850 for a six-month policy.
Costing $1,149 every six months, Nationwide comes in second place.
State Farm is the third cheapest company in Philly and costs an average of $1,177 for a six-month policy.
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Philadelphia car insurance rates by company
According to our data, the most affordable car insurance company for full coverage in Philly is Travelers. On average, this company costs $142 per month or $850 per six-month policy. The second cheapest is Nationwide at $191 per month.
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Cheapest car insurance companies in Philadelphia, PA
Dynamic auto insurance data methodology
Methodology: The auto insurance rates displayed above and throughout this page are dynamic, meaning the data will refresh when the most recent information is made available. Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage. This profile was adjusted based on common pricing factors used by major car insurance companies, like age, coverage level, driving record and others.
Shop around for the best rates
The only way to know which company is the cheapest coverage for you is to compare. Our comparison will do the leg work for you. Enter your ZIP code to see rates from Progressive, Allstate, Liberty Mutual and Nationwide (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Philadelphia.
Average car insurance in Philadelphia by rating factor
Insurance companies use a variety of rating factors into consideration when setting rates for their customers. These include things like the driver's age and driving history, credit tier, make and model of the car, the location where the car is driven and the amount of coverage purchased.
Due to these personal factors, the cost of auto insurance in Philadelphia can vary depending on the company and the driver. But because every company weighs these factors differently, the best way to find the best deal on car insurance is by shopping around and comparing rates.
Q: I didn't have an accident — Why is my insurance going up?
A: End-of-year earnings (revenue of premiums versus the cost of paying insureds’ claims) is also a major rating factor for how much you will pay for car insurance. Even if you’ve had no claims with your insurance company, you could still be paying more with a particular insurance company because the price of doing business has increased in Philly.
Auto insurance premiums by age in Philadelphia
Age is one of the most important rating factors when it comes to determining what you pay. Out of all age groups, young drivers — especially teens — have a higher accident rate. Car insurance can be extremely expensive for young drivers due to the increased risk. In Philadelphia, teenage drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 pay over twice as much as drivers in their 20s — the largest such difference between any two age groups.
The best way for younger drivers to save money is by being insured on a parent's policy. While this will increase the overall rate, it's typically still much cheaper than having a separate policy.
Cheapest car insurance companies for teen drivers in Philadelphia, PA
Auto insurance premiums for minimum coverage in Philadelphia
How much coverage you have also plays a role in your premium. A driver with full coverage will pay more than one with minimum coverage. Our data show that 40% of Philly drivers have basic coverage. However, this can still leave you at risk of being underinsured, especially if you're involved in a bad accident with injuries and property damage.
Adding collision coverage or comprehensive coverage (commonly known as full coverage when purchased together) will increase your premium but it could be worth it for peace of mind. These coverages typically require a deductible — and the higher your deductible, the cheaper your rates will be.
Policy add-ons like roadside assistance or uninsured motorist coverage will also protect you against drivers who don't carry coverage. While this will drive up the cost, we still recommend carrying such coverage options because they can go a long way in protecting both you and your vehicle.
Q: Can I lower my car insurance coverage?
A: Possibly — if your vehicle is paid off.
According to The Zebra's data, 49% of drivers in Philly have owned vehicles. If you are not leasing or financing your vehicle, you should consider if dropping comprehensive or collision coverage is right for you. We recommend getting the actual cash value of your vehicle via Kelley Blue Book or another reputable source. The general rule of thumb is if your vehicle is worth less than $4,000, you probably don't need collision coverage. Bear in mind, however, that dropping these coverages means that you will have to pay for any repairs out of your own pocket.
Cheapest car insurance companies for minimum coverage in Philadelphia, PA
Most of our customers in Philly opt for basic level of coverage, but this may not be the best option for everyone. While we understand this is a budget-friendly solution, it does leave you at risk for damages that exceed your liability limits. Pennsylvania's 15/30/5 liability limits provide coverage for damage you cause up to $15,000 per person in bodily injury, $30,000 per accident in bodily injury and $5,000 for property damage. While this may be sufficient for most standard car accidents, it might not be for bodily injury claims or multi-vehicle accidents.
Learn more about insurance laws in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia car insurance rates by credit score
In most states, including Pennsylvania, credit score is a rating factor in determining premiums. There are a few reasons why credit score is a rating factor for auto insurance. Historical data analysis suggests that drivers with lower credit scores are more likely to file claims, have lapses in coverage and engage in risky driving behavior. Since bad credit is associated with higher risk, the poorer your credit, the more you'll pay.
In fact, Philadelphia drivers with poor credit (300-579) pay 94% more than drivers with excellent credit (800-850). Our data tells us most drivers in Philly (31%) have an average (580-679) credit score.
In 2023, Nationwide is the cheapest option for Philadelphia drivers who have bad credit.
Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit in Philadelphia, PA
Auto insurance rates with an at-fault accident
It's no secret that at-fault and collision-type accidents and other insurance claims will raise your premium. In our analysis, we found that the cheapest insurance company in Philadelphia after an at-fault accident is Travelers.
How much your rates increase will depend on various factors, like the severity of the accident. A serious accident can trigger a rate increase by as much as hundreds or thousands per year. Typically, at-fault accidents and speeding tickets will be on your record for three to five years whereas DUIs or DWIs can follow you for longer.
Cheapest car insurance companies after an at-fault accident in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia car insurance rates by violation
Below you can see how much different violations and claims will increase your rate in Philadelphia.
Car insurance rate increases after violations and citations in Philadelphia, PA
|Accident/Violation||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium||% Rate Increase||$ Rate Increase|
|One Med/PIP claim||$1,676||1%||$18|
|Two Med/PIP claims||$1,740||5%||$83|
|One comp claim||$1,765||6%||$107|
|At-fault accident - less than $1000||$1,822||10%||$164|
|At-fault accident - $1000-$2000||$1,834||11%||$176|
|Failure to wear a seat belt||$1,838||11%||$180|
|Child safety restraint||$1,838||11%||$180|
|Cell phone violation||$1,859||12%||$201|
|Failure to show documents||$1,864||12%||$206|
|Driving with expired registration||$1,864||12%||$206|
|Driving without lights||$1,866||13%||$209|
|Wrong way/wrong lane||$1,880||13%||$222|
|Texting while driving||$1,884||14%||$226|
|Following too closely||$1,884||14%||$226|
|Driving too slowly||$1,891||14%||$234|
|Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit||$1,892||14%||$234|
|Passing school bus||$1,893||14%||$235|
|Failure to stop at a red light||$1,893||14%||$235|
|Failure to yield||$1,893||14%||$235|
|Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit||$1,894||14%||$236|
|Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit||$1,901||15%||$243|
|Speeding in school zone||$1,909||15%||$252|
|Two comp claims||$1,913||15%||$256|
|Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit||$1,940||17%||$282|
|In 65 MPH zone||$2,087||26%||$429|
|Operating a vehicle without permission||$2,260||36%||$602|
|At-fault accident - greater than $2000||$2,448||48%||$791|
|Driving with a suspended license||$2,933||77%||$1,275|
|Refusal to submit to a chemical test||$3,098||87%||$1,441|
|Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run||$3,191||92%||$1,533|
Why is car insurance in Philadelphia so expensive?
Philly is the most expensive city in Pennsylvania for auto insurance, but it's a necessary expense for any car owner. Below you'll find a rundown of why car insurance is so expensive in Philadelphia — regardless of your driving profile.
- Number of drivers: Philadelphia has a high population density with plenty of commuters that drive to and from the suburbs daily. This translates to increased chances for accidents and other claims, so insurance companies upcharge drivers to make up for the likelihood that they'll file a claim — whether that's sooner or later.
- Uninsured drivers: According to our data, 68% of Philly drivers are currently insured, meaning there's a decent chance drivers will get in an incident with an uninsured driver.
- Location: Car insurance rates are priced down to your ZIP code. So if you live in an area with higher-than-average levels of crime, your premium can be higher.
- Weather risk: While Pennsylvania doesn't face the most severe weather in the nation, the state isn't immune to weather events like storms and cyclones. These increase the likelihood of property damage.
Rates by ZIP code
Expensive Philly ZIP codes: 19140, 19121, 19132, 19133, 19139
Cheap Philly ZIP codes: 19113, 19118, 19128, 19127, 19154
Bundling insurance policies in Philadelphia
Finding ways to save is becoming more and more important as rates continue to climb. If you're a homeowner or renter, bundling your home or renters policy with your auto insurance is one of the most impactful discounts — you may be able to save as much as 10% or more on your combined premiums. Learn more about bundling home and car insurance.
Cheapest car insurance companies for bundling home and auto insurance in Philadelphia, PA
While some things may be out of your control, drivers can work to make their profiles more appealing to insurers. The best advice we offer is to shop around and compare auto insurance quotes with as many companies as possible to ensure you're getting the most affordable rate that doesn't compromise coverage and service — especially if any personal factors have changed (like moving, celebrating a birthday and improving your credit). Try as you might, some companies are just more expensive than others; don't be afraid to switch.
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Frequently asked questions
How much is car insurance in Philadelphia?
Philly drivers can expect to pay about $276 per month or $1,658 for a six-month policy, making it the most expensive state for auto insurance in Pennsylvania.
Does Philadelphia require car insurance?
By law, all Pennsylvania drivers must carry car insurance in order to drive legally. They must carry a minimum of 15/30/5 for liability coverage, which means $15,000 for bodily injury per person, $30,000 for bodily injury per accident and $5,000 for property damage per accident. They are also required to carry $5,000 in first-party benefits (FPB). While Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, drivers can opt-out by choosing a full tort policy.
Why is Philly car insurance so expensive?
Numerous factors can lead to insurance companies charging higher rates due to the increased risk of claims. Philadelphia has a high population density with a good number of daily commuters, making the likelihood of accidents and other claims higher. In addition to this, the number of uninsured drivers and where you live also matter, especially if you live in a ZIP code that has a higher-than-average rate of crime. Weather events can also lead to claims which will drive up the cost of car insurance in Philadelphia.
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